Even though Ghana has been thwarted as a gateway to Africa, the country still lacks some policy guidance when it comes to visa application refund policy.
Currently, Ghana does not have a universal policy or guideline allowing its citizens to seek reimbursement from embassies when their visa application forms are refused.
This development has allowed some embassies in the country to act evasively towards citizens by denying them visas without reasonable grounds.
Based on this, the Managing Director (CEO) of Marrer Ghana Limited and Susatgad Boat Industries, Mr. Novihoho Afaglo calls the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Home Affairs through the Department of Ghana Immigration to immediately adopt a visa refund policy.
Mr Afaglo said the policy will help citizens apply for visa refunds when embassies have wrongly or intentionally denied their visa applications.
Speaking to Republic Press, he said it is high time for the Ghanaian government to adopt policies to control the activities of these embassies and the way they treat Ghanaian citizens.
“It is sometimes strange and inexplicable how these embassies refuse visa application forms to Ghanaians whose documents and papers are genuine,” he said.
Mr. Afaglo mentioned Nigeria as one of the countries in Africa that has gone a step further in visa refund policy.
The policy in Nigeria states that a refund will be issued, upon request, and with supporting evidence and/or proof from the customer, for acceptable reasons for a refund to be issued.
“Notwithstanding the foregoing, Nigeria Immigration Services reserves the right to grant or deny refunds to anyone for any reason.”
He therefore called on the government of Ghana to initiate programs aimed at the immediate adoption and implementation of a visa refund policy to alleviate pressure from citizens whose applications are denied without refunds.
Source: Philippe Antoh
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